If you would like to help Heading Home, Inc. fulfill their mission of ending homelessness in greater Boston, make a donation here.

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published on December 22, 2016


For over 25 years, every December the employees of Thornton Law Firm LLP purchase and wrap hundreds of presents for families and children living in transitional housing provided by Heading Home, a fantastic charity aiming to end homelessness in greater Boston.

Families with children remain the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.  There are an estimated 4,100 homeless families Massachusetts alone, including 839+ families who are living in motels.

Heading Home serves nearly 1,600 homeless people in Greater Boston annually. Their clients are both individuals and families spanning all ages, from infancy (and even pre-natal care) to elderly. A typical homeless family consists of a single mother in her 20s with 1-3 children; the majority of their family program participants are young single mothers. People with disabilities are disproportionately homeless; they also provides specific services for individuals with disabilities both directly and via partnerships with housing development corporations. Heading Home also provides its clients with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.

We are grateful to our Sandi Goodwin who does yeoman’s work in coordinating, shopping, wrapping, organizing, and transporting the shelter gifts to Heading Home. Many hands make light work, and many employees work on this annual project. We are very appreciative of their generosity and holiday spirit.

Read more about Heading Home’s work and the progress they are making to end homelessness here.

Read more about volunteer opportunities with Heading Home here.


L to R Kevin O’Sullivan, Max Romanow, Mary Collins, Pamella Saco, James (from Heading Home), Sandi Goodwin, Nolan (from Heading Home), Joan Silvio, Bill Warren, Erin O’Reilly, William Nunes